A simple water treatment system consisting of a deep UV light (λ = 222 nm) source, a mesoporous TiO2/boron-doped diamond (BDD) photocatalyst, and a BDD electrode was prepared and used to decompose sulfamethoxazole (SMX) in an advanced oxidation process. The mesoporous TiO2/BDD photocatalyst used with the electrochemical treatment promoted SMX decomposition, but the mesoporous TiO2/BDD photocatalyst alone had a similar ability to decompose SMX as photolysis. Fragments produced through photocatalytic treatment were decomposed during the electrochemical treatment and fragments produced during the electrochemical treatment were decomposed during the photocatalytic treatment, so performing the electrochemical and photocatalytic treatments together effectively decomposed SMX and decrease the total organic carbon concentration to a trace.
Keywords: Advanced oxidation process; Boron-doped diamond; Electrochemistry; Photocatalyst; Sulfamethoxazole; Water purification.
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